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by dirk the piper
Thu Sep 01, 2005 10:18 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Regulator reamers???
Replies: 71
Views: 73611

Any thoughts on using bees wax? That's what I have been trying lately. Like you said Bill, if it melts, it's time to cool off. I had not thought about water-retention or solvent properties in the lubricant, though. One thing I have noticed is that the long reamer I have will get hot spots during the...
by dirk the piper
Thu Sep 01, 2005 10:02 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Regulator reamers???
Replies: 71
Views: 73611

This is a great discussion. I think my son felt this way when he got his first bicycle. Thanks for sharing your knowledge, Bill and David. Do you think that 500 rpm for reaming is too fast during the rough-reaming process, as long as I were to remove the reamer frequently to avoid burning the wood? ...
by dirk the piper
Wed Aug 31, 2005 2:28 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: A Good Beginners Wood Lathe
Replies: 3
Views: 2792

I'd better add to my last comment, since I was mostly name-calling and not giving any useful information... The tail stock on the Grizzly is not very good for feeding a drill bit in to the turning stock, though it does have a hand-wheel and a morse taper. The problem is that the internal screw in th...
by dirk the piper
Wed Aug 31, 2005 11:32 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Regulator reamers???
Replies: 71
Views: 73611

Hi David, Thank you for answering my questions. Now, I'm shopping around for a metal lathe in pursuit of developing a nice porcupine reamer collection. I'll have to get in the habit of a reamer and a reed daily. Thanks, also for the CD. I am already enjoying the nice growl on my bass drone with a ho...
by dirk the piper
Wed Aug 31, 2005 4:39 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: A Good Beginners Wood Lathe
Replies: 3
Views: 2792

I have a Grizzly lathe, and currently wishing that I had bought a Jet instead. The tailstock on the Grizzly is built like a cheap toy, and needs to be redesigned by somebody who knows something about how a lathe could work. I may talk myself into upgrading soon. I just bought a Jet band saw, and I'm...
by dirk the piper
Wed Aug 31, 2005 4:33 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Regulator reamers???
Replies: 71
Views: 73611

One question: Why does Dave Quinn like to use so many reamers on his chanters? I'm thinking he probably has a good answer. Is he fine-tuning? What is the advantage to this approach? Is there some kind of quality problem introduced with the use of a single profiled reamer? Is his answer lying unread ...
by dirk the piper
Sun Apr 10, 2005 11:13 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Regulator reamers???
Replies: 71
Views: 73611

I r emember seeing two of Tim's reamer's on Ebay...absolutely beautiful. I think the first one mentioned Gammons Hoaglund, a precision tool manufacturer in Conn., and apparently a dependable name in helical fluted reamer's. http://www.gammons.com/ http://www.practicalmachinist.com/cgi-bin/ubbcgi/ult...
by dirk the piper
Sun Apr 10, 2005 10:57 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Regulator reamers???
Replies: 71
Views: 73611

Hi John,

Unfortunately, I don't have a metal lathe yet, just a wood lathe. Maybe someday I'll get into making my own reamer, but I'd like to build a couple sets first.

All the Best,

-Dirk
by dirk the piper
Wed Apr 06, 2005 3:29 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Regulator reamers???
Replies: 71
Views: 73611

I really hope no pipe-makers out there are worrying about more pipe-makers starting up for competitive reasons. I think there are other reasons they may worry, or roll their eyes. So far, the main thing I have heard is that I better learn to make reeds first. I have also been told by more than one w...
by dirk the piper
Wed Apr 06, 2005 9:02 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Regulator reamers???
Replies: 71
Views: 73611

Thanks, PJ, for the encouragement. When I told Kirk Lynch I was doing this, he told me, "You really are crazy!" I'd have to agree. ;-)

So, how many people have signed up here now? Any real pipe-makers out there?

-Dirk
by dirk the piper
Wed Apr 06, 2005 12:24 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Regulator reamers???
Replies: 71
Views: 73611

Regulator reamers???

So, is anyone here interested in making pipes? If so, I'm looking for people who would go in with me on ordering reamers suitable for making D-set regulators. This taper would also be good for some C chanter designs. Tim Britton would then order the reamers. These reamers have a straight taper, are ...
by dirk the piper
Mon Apr 04, 2005 10:39 pm
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Hello folks
Replies: 29
Views: 16784

Thanks, Plod. So, if they never restore the C&F to sanity, and you get overwhelmed, I'm happy to help with php or database programming.

All The Best,

Dirk